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HEALING JUSTICE IS THE PRACTICE OF REIMAGINING WHOLENESS AT THE INTERSECTION OF INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA, CURRENT STRUCTURES OF OPPRESSION, AND A GENERATIVE AND CO-CREATED FUTURE. WE HOLD THAT JOY AND PLEASURE CREATE POSSIBILITY TO BE IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH OURSELVES, EACH OTHER, AND THE LAND.  WE STRIVE TO DEMYSTIFY MEDICINE AND HEALING, AND TO MAKE THEM ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE. WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS AN EXPERT OF THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE, BODY AND NEEDS, AND THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THE ROOTS OF TRAUMA AND INJUSTICE FOR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION.

 -ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE 2018 HEALING JUSTICE PRACTICE SPACE AND HEALING JUSTICE TRACK COORDINATORS

 
 
 
A Healing Justice Practice Space (HJPS) is an all-gender, all-bodied, inclusive, and accessible space for practicing and receiving healing that is built in partnership with social justice movement work and sites of political action. These spaces typically offer a wide variety of health and healing services.

 

What is a Healing Justice Practice Space?

- Healing Justice Practice Space Principles and Guidelines -

Modeled after the Healing & Health Justice Collective Organizing Principles of the US Social Forum (Detroit 2010) and the Allied Media Conference Healing Practice Spaces and Tracks.

  • We begin by listening.

  • We honor individual and community agency, intuition, and innate wisdom, and therefore honor people’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies.

  • We understand that health and wellness should be determined by the individual or community receiving care, and for many of us this includes the reality of disability, illness, and harm reduction. We accept and encourage individuals and communities defining health, healing, and wellness for themselves, and not based on normative models of healing.

  • We are committed to People of Color & Indigenous leadership, in partnership with our allies, on building healing justice work in ALL THE SPACES WE SHARE.

  • We will lift up the leadership and conditions of Detroit to define the healing justice practice within a national context.

  • We enter this work through an anti-oppression framework that seeks to transform and politicize the role of healing inside of our movements and communities.

  • We are learning and creating this political framework about a legacy of healing and liberation that is meeting a particular moment in history inside of our movements that seeks to: regenerate traditions that have been lost; mindfully hold contradictions in our practices; and be conscious of the conditions we are living and working inside of as HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, healers, and organizers in our communities and movements.

  • We are building national relationships and dialogues to cultivate knowledge and to build reflection and exchange of our healing, transformative and resiliency practices in our regions and movements.

  • We believe in transparency on all levels so that we can have a foundation of trust, openness, and honesty in our vision and action together.

  • We believe in movement building and organizing within an anti-racist and anti-hierarchical framework that builds collective decision making, strategies, vision and action and does not seek to support only one model or one approach over others.

  • We believe that there is no such thing as joining this process too late; as we move forward, anyone who comes in when they come in are welcomed; and we will always remember that we are interconnected with many communities, struggles and legacies who have joined healing and resiliency practices with liberation in their work for centuries.

 
1. Be open.
2. Relax.
3. Breathe.
4. Ask for permission to touch.
5. Be aware of how much space you take up/don’t take up.
6. Please keep a low tone to respect other’s need for a tranquil space, yet also be sensitive to those who may need support with hearing.
7. While we strive to create a supportive, safe environment, we acknowledge that discomfort might come up. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable.
8. Curiosity over judgement – ask questions.
9. Do not assume someone’s gender – ask.
10. Respect all communication styles.
11. Take care of yourself, please ask for support.
12. Everyone is seen/heard.
13. Stories stay, learning goes (confidentiality)
— HbC! Practice Space Agreements
 

HOW-TO GUIDE and LOW SCENT SPACES

a guide on social justice healing spaces: A How-To Guide

LOW SCENT SPACES:

We are committed to Low Scent Spaces. The fragrances from personal care products, including hair, body, and laundry products can severely reduce the accessibility of shared space for many folks. Because of this, we ask for everyone's help in making EACH space a Low Scent Space. If you can limit your use of scented personal care products, that would go very far in increasing access for folks with multiple chemical sensitivities. Two great resources for tips on how to go fragrance/scent free can be read more here and here